Joan Staley Profile

Joan Staley
Joan Staley
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(Joan Lynette McConchie)
20 May 40 is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to James Kenneth McConchie and his wife Jean Alexander McConchie, nee Fraser
c. 43 starts taking violin lessons when three years old
? joins Carl Moldiam’s Baby Orchestra in Los Angeles
? becomes a member of Peter Meremblum’s Junior Symphony at age five and plays the Hollywood Bowl at age six
48 makes her film debut in The Emperor Waltz at age 8
spends her high school days with her father in France, where he is stationed
? enrolls briefly at Chapman College in Orange, California
? marries Chuck Staley and relocates with him to Memphis
? sings and does backups on some records for Sam Phillips
? returns to Los Angeles and works as a secretary by day and does theater work at night, performing at the Music Box Theatre, on the corner of Hollywood and La Brea
58 Lawrence Schiller, an acquaintance of hers and a photographer with Life magazine, asks her about posing for Playboy
November 58 is Playboy’s "Playmate of the Month"
meets Hugh Hefner at a cocktail party in Los Angeles after her photos are published
9 April 59 her daughter Sherrye D. is born in Los Angeles
Early 60s divorces Staley
61 her part in Breakfast at Tiffany’s ends mainly on the cutting room floor
is signed to a contract by MGM
62 is voted a Hollywood Deb Star
February 65 is Watusiing with Sammy Jackson, Kathy Nolan’s love interest
66 is doing a song for Gunpoint, filmed with Audie Murphy in St.George, Utah
after the filming of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, she is injured in a horseback riding accident
14 January 67 marries Frederic Dale Sheets, a former MCA Universal executive, in Los Angeles. He's 37; she's 26. He brings three children, Linda, Patti, and Vickie, from his marriage to singer Anita Gordon
69 her husband leaves Universal and forms International Ventures Incorporated, a theatrical personal management company
? their children Stephanie, Greg, and Dina are born
? becomes national director of Fight Inflation Together (FIT) for two years
24 November 19 dies at age 79 of heart failure at the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, California. In addition to her husband, survivors include children Dina, Linda, Victoria, Patricia, Sherrye, Stephanie and Greg, 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema by Tom Lisanti, Tom Weaver, Movie Life,
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Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema by Tom Lisanti
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